Nicolas Renaud’s adventure began in 2003 when he decided to trade his
career in public education for the hard but liberating profession of a
vigneron. Formerly a professor of history and geography, he got trained
into his new profession at Domaine de la Vieille Julienne, bought a
handful of vines in 2006 then a full 4.5 hectares in 2007. Today, the
estate consists of 14 hectares, farmed biodynamically in their
Nicolas, like Eric, ranks among a small number of Rhône vignerons who
aren’t interested in over-extraction and making heavy wines. Nicolas
seeks drinkability and fruit, as naturally as possible, and with an
enduring leitmotiv: to respect the vine, is to respect oneself. His
jubilant juice is reaching a level of such quality that now Nicolas
undeniably deserves to be ranked among the most dependably delicious
vignerons of the southern Rhône.
Nicolas’s wines all share a style that is pure and fresh.
From 35-year-old vines grown on limestone soils. Vinification: carbonic
maceration for 9 days, maturation 9 months in vats. Unfined,
unfiltered, just half a gram of sulfites per hectoliter added at
bottling. A very deeply coloured rosé, or is it red?